Here’s a perfect example of the way mainstream medicine promotes overmedication.
CASE STUDY: A 65-year-old man. His doctor describes him as “vigorous,” and in “excellent” physical health. He exercises regularly. He doesn’t smoke.
His weight is normal. Blood pressure is normal. His total cholesterol is 169 (well within the “desirable” range). He’s never had a heart attack or other cardiovascular event.
This subject has one outstanding health characteristic — a very low heart rate. A normal resting heart rate falls between 60 and 100 beats per minute. This man has the resting heart rate of an athlete — 40 BPM. According to the Mayo Clinic, a lower resting heart rate is the mark of cardiovascular fitness.
And now for the kicker. This subject takes two drugs… Low dose aspirin and a statin.
It’s ludicrous! With an excellent heart health profile, the use of TWO drugs, used strictly as preventives, is like wearing seatbelts in a lawn chair.
Actually, that metaphor would only work if seat belts increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cognitive impairment, cataracts, muscle damage, and internal bleeding.
Granted, the man in our case study has a family history of heart attacks. But there’s no evidence that statin drugs or aspirin prevent heart attacks in healthy patients who have never had a heart attack.
This guy should fire his doctor immediately.
This guy, by the way, is Mitt Romney.
“Doctors Declare Romney, Ryan Fit and Healthy” Newsmax Wires, 9/21/12, newsmax.com